Today's math curriculum is teaching students to expect -- and excel at -- paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. At TEDxNYED, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, education, math, student, TEDxNYED, 2010
Children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka shares the origins of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, in which undercover school heroes serve lunch…and justice! His new project, School Lunch Hero Day, reveals how cafeteria lunch staff provide more than food, and illustrates how powerful a thank you can be. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, book, children, education, TED@NYC, 2014
A long time ago in New York City, Steve Addis stood on a corner holding his 1-year-old daughter in his arms; his wife snapped a photo. The image has inspired an annual father-daughter ritual, where Addis and his daughter pose for the same picture, on the same corner, each year. Addis shares 15 treasured photographs from the series, and explores why this small, repeated ritual means so much. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, parenting, photography, TED2012, 2012
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, education, TED Talks Education, 2013
Educating the poor is more than just a numbers game, says Shukla Bose. She tells the story of her groundbreaking Parikrma Humanity Foundation, which brings hope to India's slums by looking past the daunting statistics and focusing on treating each child as an individual. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, development, education, poverty, TEDIndia 2009, 2009
Despite her best efforts, comedian Julia Sweeney is forced to tell a little white lie when her 8-year-old begins learning about frog reproduction -- and starts to ask some very smart questio Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, comedy, humor, relationships, sex, TED2010, 2010
By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it's like to be young and … different. "To This Day," his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video (created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators). Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory and violin accompaniment by Hannah Epperson. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, compassion, poetry, spoken word, TED2013, 2013
Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. At TEDxEdmonton, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish -- as kids and as adults. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, children, education, entrepreneur, money, TEDxEdmonton, 2009
Diana Laufenberg shares 3 surprising things she has learned about teaching -- including a key insight about learning from mistakes. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxMidAtlantic, TED, Talks, children, culture, education, 2010
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, creativity, education, invention, TED2010, 2010
Literature has long been fascinated with fostered, adopted and orphaned children, from Moses to Cinderella to Oliver Twist to Harry Potter. So why do many parentless children feel compelled to hide their pasts? Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay tells his own moving story. (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, culture, spoken word, TEDxHousesofParliament, 2012
At TEDxRainier, Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxRainier, TED, Talks, brain, children, language, science, technology, 2010
Storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy spins a funny, wise and luminous tale of parents and kids, starring her Cuban mother. Settle in and enjoy the ride -- Mama's driving! Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, children, entertainment, memory, storytelling, 2005
In this short talk from TED U, Joachim de Posada shares a landmark experiment on delayed gratification -- and how it can predict future success. With priceless video of kids trying their hardest not to eat the marshmallow. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, children, culture, humor, psychology, 2009
Pearl Arredondo grew up in East Los Angeles, the daughter of a high-ranking gang member who was in and out of jail. Many teachers wrote her off as having a problem with authority. Now a teacher herself, she’s creating a different kind of school and telling students her story so that they know it's okay if sometimes homework isn’t the first thing on their minds. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, education, TED Talks Education, 2013
John La Grou unveils an ingenious new technology that will smarten up the electrical outlets in our homes, using microprocessors and RFID tags. The invention, Safeplug, promises to prevent deadly accidents like house fires -- and to conserve energy. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, architecture, children, design, energy, technology, 2009
In a lively talk, neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens makes the case for better protecting our brains against the risk of concussion -- with a compelling pitch for putting helmets on kids. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, brain, children, health, medicine, TEDxDU 2010, 2010
The legendary design team Charles and Ray Eames made films, houses and classic midcentury modern furniture. Eames Demetrios, their grandson, shows rarely seen films and archival footage in a lively, loving tribute to their creative process. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, children, creativity, design, film, 2007
Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now -- and it’s because we’re clinging to a business model that clearly doesn’t work. Education advocate Geoffrey Canada dares the system to look at the data, think about the customers and make systematic shifts in order to help greater numbers of kids excel. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, children, education, TED Talks Education, 2013
High school science teacher Tyler DeWitt was ecstatic about a lesson plan on bacteria (how cool!) -- and devastated when his students hated it. The problem was the textbook: it was impossible to understand. He delivers a rousing call for science teachers to ditch the jargon and extreme precision, and instead make science sing through stories and demonstrations. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, children, education, science, TEDxBeaconStreet, 2012
What is it like to raise a child who's different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal)? In this quietly moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents -- asking them: What's the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance? Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, culture, TEDMED 2012, 2013
Roberto D'Angelo and Francesca Fedeli thought their baby boy Mario was healthy -- until at 10 days old, they discovered he'd had a perinatal stroke. With Mario unable to control the left side of his body, they grappled with tough questions: Would he be "normal?” Could he live a full life? The poignant story of parents facing their fears -- and how they turned them arou Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, health care, parenting, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, creativity, education, intelligence, TED2010, 2010
Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn't children's books be? In this whimsical talk, award-winning author Mac Barnett speaks about writing that escapes the page, art as a doorway to wonder -- and what real kids say to a fictional whale. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, books, children, creativity, TEDxSonomaCounty, 2014
Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, trainer Ian Dunbar asks us to see the world through the eyes of our beloved dogs. By knowing our pets' perspective, we can build their love and trust. It's a message that resonates well beyond the animal world. Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, animals, brain, children, love, psychology, violence, 2007
Moneyman Steve Jurvetson takes TEDsters inside his awesome hobby -- launching model rockets –- by sharing some gorgeous photos, his infectious glee and just a whiff of danger. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, children, design, entertainment, parenting, photography, rocket...
Memory Banda’s life took a divergent path from her sister’s. When her sister reached puberty, she was sent to a traditional “initiation camp” that teaches girls “how to sexually please a man.” She got pregnant there — at age 11. Banda, however, refused to go. Instead, she organized others and asked her community’s leader to issue a bylaw that no girl should be forced to marry before turning 18. She pushed on to the national level … with incredible results for girls across... Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, children, global issues, violence, women, TEDWomen 2015, 2015
Bill Strickland tells a quiet and astonishing tale of redemption through arts, music, and unlikely partnerships. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, MacArthur grant, activism, arts, children, culture, education,...
Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb -- from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, children, education, food, science, writing, 2011
At this school in Tokyo, five-year-olds cause traffic jams and windows are for Santa to climb into. Meet: the world's cutest kindergarten, designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka. In this charming talk, he walks us through a design process that really lets kids be kids. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, architecture, children, design, education, play, youth, TEDxKyoto, 2014
Myriam Sidibe is a warrior in the fight against childhood disease. Her weapon of choice? A bar of soap. For cost-effective prevention against sickness, it’s hard to beat soapy hand-washing, which cuts down risk of pneumonia, diarrhea, cholera and worse. Sidibe, a public-health expert, makes a smart case for public-private partnerships to promote clean hands — and local, sustainable entrepreneurship. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, children, global issues, health, public health, sanitation, TED@Unilever, 2014
During a Formula 1 race, a car sends hundreds of millions of data points to its garage for real-time analysis and feedback. So why not use this detailed and rigorous data system elsewhere, like ... at children’s hospitals? Peter van Manen tells us more. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cars, children, data, health, medicine, sports, technology, TEDxNijmegen, 2013
Colin Grant has spent a lifetime navigating the emotional landscape between his father’s world and his own. Born in England to Jamaican parents, Grant draws on stories of shared experience within his immigrant community -- and reflects on how he found forgiveness for a father who rejected him. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, TEDx, children, culture, history, identity, parenting, society, storytelling,...
Developmental disorders in children are typically diagnosed by observing behavior, but Aditi Shankardass knew that we should be looking directly at their brains. She explains how a remarkable EEG device has revealed mistaken diagnoses and transformed children's lives. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, medicine, neurology, science, technology, TEDIndia 2009, 2009
Strange landscapes, scorching heat and (sometimes) mad crocodiles await scientists seeking clues to evolution's genius. Paleontologist Paul Sereno talks about his surprising encounters with prehistory -- and a new way to help students join the adventure. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, animals, biology, children, education, evolution, exploration,...
Steven Pinker's book The Blank Slate argues that all humans are born with some innate traits. Here, Pinker talks about his thesis, and why some people found it incredibly upsetting. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, book, brain, children, culture, language, psychology, science, TED2003, 2003
How can you help kids get a good start? In this heartfelt and personal talk, Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, asks parents, friends and relatives to support children from before they even get to primary school, through community and a strong sense of responsibility. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, culture, education, parenting, student, youth, TEDxMidAtlantic, 2012
It's true: talking about menstruation makes many people uncomfortable. And that taboo has consequences: in India, three out of every 10 girls don't even know what menstruation is at the time of their first period, and restrictive customs related to periods inflict psychological damage on young girls. Growing up with this taboo herself, Aditi Gupta knew she wanted to help girls, parents and teachers talk about periods comfortably and without shame. She shares how she did it. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, activism, books, children, communication, education, family, health,...
When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a “security" measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, arts, children, democracy, history, politics, storytelling, war, TEDxKyoto,...
When Jarrett J. Krosoczka was a kid, he didn’t play sports, but he loved art. He paints the funny and touching story of a little boy who pursued a simple passion: to draw and write stories. With the help of a supporting cast of family and teachers, our protagonist grew up to become the successful creator of beloved children’s book characters, and a vocal advocate for arts education. (Filmed at TEDxHampshireCollege.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, book, children, design, storytelling, writing,...
In this short talk from TED U, Joachim de Posada shares a landmark experiment on delayed gratification — and how it can predict future success. With priceless video of kids trying their hardest not to eat the marshmallow. Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, TED Conference, children, culture, humor, psychology, TED2009, 2009
Gever Tulley uses engaging photos and footage to demonstrate the valuable lessons kids learn at his Tinkering School. When given tools, materials and guidance, these young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to build unique boats, bridges and even a rollercoast Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, children, development, education, innovation, invention, tedbooks,...
MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables -- cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning? Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, TED2009, art, business, children, computers, design, education,...
Bruce Feiler has a radical idea: To deal with the stress of modern family life, go agile. Inspired by agile software programming, Feiler introduces family practices which encourage flexibility, bottom-up idea flow, constant feedback and accountability. One surprising feature: Kids pick their own punishments. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, culture, engineering, parenting, software, youth, TEDSalon NY2013,...
In this unmissable look at the magic of comics, Scott McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures that our eyes can hear and touch. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, book, children, computers, creativity, design, entertainment,...
Author and illustrator Maira Kalman talks about her life and work, from her covers for The New Yorker to her books for children and grown-ups. She is as wonderful, as wise and as deliciously off-kilter in person as she is on paper. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, art, children, culture, design, entertainment, happiness, 2007
Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, development, education, technology, third world, web, TEDGlobal...
Speaking at LIFT 2007, Sugata Mitra talks about his Hole in the Wall project. Young kids in this project figured out how to use a PC on their own -- and then taught other kids. He asks, what else can children teach themselves? Topics: TEDTalks, LIFT 2007, TED, Talks, children, culture, education, global issues, partner talk, 2007
Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, "renegade lunch lady" Ann Cooper talks about the coming revolution in the way kids eat at school -- local, sustainable, seasonal and even educational food. Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, children, economics, education, food, global issues, green, 2007
Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy takes on a terrifying question: How does the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers? Propaganda footage from a training camp is intercut with her interviews of young camp graduates. A shocking vision. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2010, TED, Talks, arts, children, culture, film, politics, war, 2010